The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 2

July 14, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 1

This shows my selections from the second roll of film for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax project photographed in June 2020. The project was organized by Eric of 4xfourtography and included 13 photographers who would each shoot a few rolls of Kodak Double-X (5222) black and white film in the Pentax K1000 before shipping it to the next person.

White Sheep, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000White SheepSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

White Sheep
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

After shooting my first roll on the day the case with the camera showed up I took advantage of the beautiful weather and headed out with the second roll the very next day. I have swapped the swamp environment for the beautiful Lake Erie shore.

Sparkles, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000SparklesSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Sparkles
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

In the past I had observed that yellow and orange filters did not provide enough of an effect with the Double-X film. I dug into the data sheets provided by Kodak and noticed that the film had an increased sensitivity to blue and reduced sensitivity to red, which seemed to explain the observation. Thus, on this sunny evening, I kept the red filter on the lens pretty much throughout. Still, the effect was very subtle.

Rocky Lakeshore, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Rocky LakeshoreSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Rocky Lakeshore
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

This film simply shines in different conditions than other films. I am no emulsion expert and many films look the same to me, especially after slight post-processing to my taste. However, I am starting to see the pros and cons of some of them after having shot over ten rolls of them in varying conditions and with and without filters.

Wall on the Shore, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Wall on the ShoreSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Wall on the Shore
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

I love how the Double-X handles highlights. Often, they seem to glow and the gradation in highlights is beautiful. I especially love that aspect with surfaces and textures. Metallic surfaces work great, bright painted surfaces too, and even skin tones are rendered beautifully.

Balanced Rock Towers, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Balanced Rock TowersSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Balanced Rock Towers
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

While I visited this area of the shore several times this year alone, I had a similar experience with the project camera as the day before at Birdsong. I spotted some new subjects of interest, some different angles, and some things were simply different this day. For example the glare reflected of the water a few images up is a regular sight at that time of the day but I never thought to make it the focus of a photograph. So this day I did. I took an incident reading, added the 2-stop filter factor, and captured the photo letting the highlights do as they pleased. And I was rewarded with magic! On the other hand, the balanced rocks above and below were newly built and I enjoyed looking for interesting angles.

Balanced Rock Towers Close Up, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Balanced Rock Towers Close UpSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Balanced Rock Towers Close Up
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

With natural landscapes I definitely shoot more horizontal photos than vertical and I have been consciously trying for more variety for a few years now. Who knows, maybe there's a magazine cover hiding somewhere, right? This in fact is one area where the Stories of social networks may be helping. Since Stories are vertical, that is what one wants to shoot. And seeing the vertical composition on the cell phone often prompts a follow up with the camera.

Rocky Beach, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000Rocky BeachSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Rocky Beach
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

I find the smart phones a nice visualization tool anyway. Since I am not too big into the social sharing I usually work the location with my camera and here and there take a snap of the behind the scenes. And that reminds me of shooting a vertical for a story. And quite often, I like what I see and go back to the camera either for a different angle, or to turn it vertical.

Cave, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000CaveSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Cave
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

The strange round rocks on this beach have always caught my attention. But I have always preferred including water in my photos here. After all, it is the lake shore, right? This evening, I felt more free to stray from that constraint and include dry land only, with focus on the rocks and details.

UFO Rock Landed, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000UFO Rock LandedSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

UFO Rock Landed
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

And with this thought of an extraterrestrial mystery I will end today's post as well as the Partnership of the Passing Pentax series. The camera has long gone to its next stop for its next adventure, this time in Pennsylvania.

UFO Rock on Beach, Sturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax K1000UFO Rock on BeachSturgeon Point on Double-X for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

UFO Rock on Beach
Sturgeon Point on Double-X 5222 for the Partnership of the Passing Pentax

Eric, thank you again, this was a lot of fun!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

The Partnership of the Passing Pentax, Roll Number 1


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